OFR, Capital Improvement Projects on Agenda for Upcoming ABOR Meeting

OFR, Capital Improvement Projects on Agenda for Upcoming ABOR Meeting

By Nick PrevenasUniversity Communications
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Renovations to the Chemistry building are among the items before the Arizona Board of Regents.
Renovations to the Chemistry building are among the items before the Arizona Board of Regents.

The University of Arizona will submit its operational and financial review for the 2019-20 fiscal year to the Arizona Board of Regents at this week's meeting at the Student Union Memorial Center.

As part of its constitutional responsibility to ensure that Arizona's public universities accomplish their purpose and mission, ABOR conducts an annual comprehensive review of the operations and finances of each university.

The University's OFR emphasizes its mission, purpose and identity, while addressing current and future priorities. The review includes a background report – which illustrates the University's progress toward its 2025 metrics as well as financial, capital and personnel information – plus a business plan and presentation. The discussion will focus on the areas of greatest importance and urgency to the University and cover the strategies and initiatives that will be pursued in the coming years.

The University will also ask the board to approve its FY 2020 capital development plan, which includes three new projects totaling $86 million and two revised projects totaling $200 million.

The new projects, which were submitted in the University's FY 2021-23 capital improvement plan, are: construction of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, renovations to the Chemistry building, and the Facilities Management Relocation and Consolidation Facility. The revised projects are the Applied Research Building and the Grand Challenges Research Building.

In other business before ABOR, the University will ask the board to approve the terms of a one-year contract extension for Dave Heeke, vice president and director of athletics. The contract will follow the new template adopted by the University for all multiple-year head coaching contracts and includes enhanced provisions regarding NCAA compliance and Title IX responsibilities.

Other items on the agenda (PDF):

  • The board will discuss general education planning and programming with the provosts for all three state universities.
  • The University will request approval to add a Bachelor of Arts program in professional and technical writing, which will be housed in the Department of English.
  • J.P. Roczniak, president and CEO of the University of Arizona Foundation, will deliver a report to the board.

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